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Go to Nantucket by airplane or ferryboat. On Nantucket, you get around by shuttle buses, taxis, rental bicycles, mopeds & rental cars. You don't need your own car.

Sankaty Light, Nantucket MA
Sankaty Light,



Because Nantucket island is 30 miles (48 km) off the coast of Cape Cod (map), you must plan how to get there, and how you want to get around on the island once you've arrived.

Here's how to go to Nantucket on a day-trip from Cape Cod.


In summer, both traditional and fast catamaran passenger ferryboats run to Nantucket from Harwich Port and Hyannis MA on Cape Cod, and from the neighboring island of Martha's Vineyard MA. More...

As for car ferries, most visitors do not take cars to Nantucket—it's expensive and unnecessary. The thing to do is to rent a car, bicycle or scooter on the island, or use the convenient shuttle buses.

If you must take your car, the Steamship Authority runs car ferries from Hyannis's Pleasant Street Dock to Nantucket six times daily. The fares are high, and in summer reservations must be made well in advance. More...


Small commuter airlines operate flights to Nantucket from Boston, Hyannis, New Bedford MA and Providence RI. Flying can be a convenient way to get to Nantucket, but you must watch out for the fog. More...

Transportation on the Island

Once you're on Nantucket, you can walk to most everywhere in Nantucket Town, ride a bicycle or take a taxi to other places, ride the shuttle bus to the ferry docks, the airport and the beaches.

WAVE bus on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
A WAVE shuttle bus leaves Straight Wharf in Nantucket Town...

Bicycling is perhaps the perfect means of transport on Nantucket. Bike paths go to many popular destinations, and cruising easily through the landscape is one of the island's great pleasures. More...

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the island are a good way to orient yourself and to help you pick out points to which you might want to return. More...


Cruises by motor vessel or sailing ship can take you around the island for sightseeing, but not as point-to-point transportation. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

Day-Trip to Nantucket

Getting to Nantucket

Getting Around on Nantucket

Finding Your Way on Nantucket

Nantucket Hotels & Inns

Nantucket Guided Tours

About Nantucket

Cape Cod Transportation

About Cape Cod

New England Transportation



Fast Ferry m/v Grey Lady arriving at Straight Wharf, Nantucket MA

Above, Hy-Line's fast ferry m/v Grey Lady
from Hyannis arriving at Straight Wharf, Nantucket.

Below, Straight Wharf: hardly straight!

Car ferry m/v Eagle at Steamboat Wharf, Nantucket Island, Massachsetts

Steamship Authority car ferry m/v Eagle
at Steamboat Wharf, Nantucket... 

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